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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 855
Hads: 3,279
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 1,222
Gots: 492 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 12-18-2002

This brew uses several varieties and multiple hop additions to the kettle as well as a large "hop back" to give the bitterness and aroma a start. Plenty of dry hops finish it off and give a big hop bouquet.
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Photo of Cavery
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired by Klym for a wonderful weekend tasting (woot), shared with SundaySour.

A: Classic pale ale hue with a bit more transparency that borders on yellow. Liquid gold flake in a classic pale ale coloration. Perhaps a bit on the lighter side for a DIPA, but there's nothing wrong with that.

S: Orangey pine, lemon cammomile tea with a swirl of marmalade. Honey sweetness takes the nose for a joy ride. Promising smells from this DIPA! Even if a bit 101. That said, it's well done.

T: Very light orange and pine sap flavor. Smooth and modest for the style. Very nice, but there's a bit of a lemon ricola lozenge taste that interrupts the other characteristics. Up to the point of that interruption it's quite good, but when i get a dose of that throat medicine I feel a bit cheated. It at least remains consistent in that it's still a nuanced flavor. The strong point of the beer is the malty perfection. It tastes like oven fresh French bread crusts. simply delicious malt flavors in what can be an overly hop dominant style.

M: The mouth is just about right. A refreshing double IPA that wins you over with sessionability. Alpine is no stranger to sessionable IPA's, but I'd say this one has a particularly silky mouth-feel. Alpine did a good job here on their DIPA.

O: Another very solid offering from Alpine. They really have yet to disappoint, but I think their single IPA's are more enjoyable. Nelson and Duet are both so good, I couldn't help but have some soaring expectations coming into Pure Hoppiness. It's not fair to the brewers, but one can dream. I'd still take this over a great many in style, but if I reach for an alpine brew I think I'd grab one of their equally sessionable single IPA's.

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Photo of SirSketch
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very clear, golden straw color with some light amber highlights. Dense, bright white head. Nothing wrong at all with the appearance, whatsoever!

S - Tons of fresh, piney hops. Reminds me of sappy evergreen trees. I'm getting a sourdough breadiness, as well. Very nice, though the aroma is a little subdued.

T - Wonderful, malty sweetness upfront on the tongue, followed by spicy and cirtus hop flavor, then ends with bold bitterness. Perfect combo! Not terribly comples, but a great example of a double ipa.

M/D - Medium body with a frothy carbonation. Overall, I would highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of egajdzis
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice sticky lacing on the glass. Resiny, piney, green and citrus hop aroma. Taste is very bright, limes, lemons, citrus grapefruit. Light malts to balance it all out. Decent, but I would reach for the Expo Hoppiness first, if I had the chance.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber with almost three fingers of pillowy white head that fades slowly leaving some thick lace down the glass.

Smell is mostly pine and grapefruit, with hints of mango and tangerine, and some floral and herbal notes.

Taste is dominated by the citrus hops, with a touch of alcohol heat poking through. Only a hint of caramel hiding in the background. Bitterness is very moderate throughout, and it finishes dry with a floral, herbal hop spiciness.

Full-bodied, slightly chewy mouthfeel.

Highly drinkable and a very enjoyable DIPA.

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bomber from super fast and cool trader JessetheHutt and he said he took it right off the line before shipping it. I may have to con him into sending me some more Alpine goodness.

A: Pours a more golden color with a finger of white head that settles down to a thin layer of bubbles and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like a hop air freshener, super fresh hops too, citrus, grapefruit, etc and I feel like I can pick up a hint of malt in the background

T: Tastes like hops, but not to the intensity that I really expected, still tasty though, with some solid smooth bittering and dryness in the finish, slight malt hiding in there too

M: a little watery, but not really watery or anything, just wouldn't consider this creamy or completely full bodied...some bite from the carbonation

D: the flavor isn't super intense and the mouthfeel is slightly on the thin side which actually helps in the easy to drink department, but hurts it because i love intense sweet hoppy beers and syrupy ones which means i'm not longing for this as much as I could be

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Photo of mechamifune
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip with a very light white head, carbonation evident in a nice, clean-looking slight-orange color.

Smell is of tropical fruits and pure hops, all the way through. Taste is, well, like it smells...hoppy, resiny (though sig less than expo hop), fruity, and all together pleasant. Malt is very subdued, but gives you a little notice.

Mouthfeel is smooth... not particularly crisp or creamy, just smooth with that hop bite always lingering. Drinkability is very good for the abv.... reminded me a lot of PtE in that sense (actually a lot about this beer reminded me of PtE).

Had this in same session with expo hop, nelson, and duet... and while they are all great, i'd probably pick this if I had to pick one...but I get the feeling that opinion would probably vary week to week for me.

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Photo of BillyB
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Several different hop varieties and a huge hop back offer an overwhelmingly hoppy beer from the brewers at Alpine.
Pure Hoppiness is a very accurate name for this beer.

Pours a clear honey golden color with with a thick white head.

Aroma is HOPS, HOPS, HOPS! Piney, citrus, floral, slight hints of cedar and an inkling of sweet malt.

Tastes of citrusy, spicy, grapefruit with some sweet malty balance.

Light, slightly syrupy mouthfeel

Overall a phenomenally hoptastic IPA.

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Photo of rtaps
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this was a murky golden with a small white head, decent retention leaving spotty lacing behind.

very nice aroma, very strong could smell it right as a poured it into the glass. citrus hops and tropical fruits (pineapple) and nice pine notes to it

great tastes as well. citrus hops, grapefruit, pineapple and pine all blended well. very nice hoppyness but not super over powering.

medium carbonation light bodied, smooth and easy to drink. leaves the mouth watery

overall, this is a pretty great IPA very enjoyable. the nose was great and the taste made me not want to put the glass down

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Photo of fear025
3.66/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:Nice grapefruity hoppy aroma, with just a little bit of skunk. Sweet malt in the nose as well.

Appearance:Dark amber in color, nice white fluffy head, ok retention, very nice lacing.

Taste:The foretaste gives me a moderate amount of hops, but what I'm noticing more is the sweet malt backbone of this beer. On subsequent sips, the hope flavor does come through more, but I'm not sure I'd agree with the "mega hopped" description on the label. The hops are really interesting though, I'm getting some apricot/peach flavors, along with mint. The mint is what sticks around through the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:This beer has a low to medium body with good carbonation, and a delightful smoothness.

Drinkability:I was expecting more hop bite from this beer, but I ordered it online, so there's no telling how long it's been on the shelf. It did still have delicious and unique hop flavors.

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very good IPA, I say IPA instead of Double IPA because even though it is labled as a double IPA I think it is actually closer to the stregnth and flavor of an excellent American IPA. Nice use of hops, somewhat grassy with citrus notes. Color is a rich gold color. Very drinkable. I just wish it was available where I live.

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Photo of chaz01
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle in a trade with mobz24 (Thanks Richard) poured into a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Golden yellow color, thick head that retains very well and produces some nice lacing.

S: Pine, Citrus and Caramel Aromas

T: More of a mellow, earthy, piney hop flavor initially -- a bit subdued and not overpowering. But then the beer finishes with an incredible long lasting piney hop finish that goes on and on.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation

D: Very solid IPA that I would seek out again -- easily drinkable and would pair well with a pasta or fish entree.

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Photo of regspeir
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
Thanks to mobz24 for this chance.
Pours a cloudy copper with a one-finger head which settled into a coating, leaving light lacing. Nose was a wonderful floral, pine and citrus, especially orange and mango. Carbonation was evident and mouthfeel was on the light side for a DIPA. Taste was hop forward, cut well with orange, grapefuit and sticky, bready malts. The bitterness is there at the finish, but this is not one of those screw-with-your-mouth hop bombs that leaves your mouth numb. Instead, this is a pleasant and well-balanced brew, albeit hop-focused. This characteristic is what seperates the great DIPA's from the others for me and this IS a great DIPA. The hype is justified. Now if we could only get this fresh on the right coast...

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alpine Brewing, Pure Hoppiness, 8% abv, double IPA

A: Nice deep gold tones, great cabonation, spider webbing fro mthe lacing with no middle carbonation. Looks like discontent apple juice.

S: Huge bouquet from a mile away, great citrus but pine and forest predominates. I love that Alpine is almost always, well Alpine. The smell is a fantastic balance between the juiciness of most DIPAs and the herbal notes from malty Imperial IPAs.

T: Awesome hybrid of initial notes, there’s a tinge of herbal mixed with citrus. The citrus ends up riding out the party and the drying forest finish is present in the swallow. All around a great melange of the two styles. It feels like if Pliny and Maharaja had a love child. This would be the result and unsurprisingly, it is delicious.

M: The mouthfeel is light with creamy coating. Great carbonation boosts the hops into the nostrils creating a create hop profile. Great maltiness that is not overdone.

D: This beer is really high on this note. The expansive character spread hop stickiness like a virus and your mouth is the better for it. The abv is hidden well and you could drink this in plenty of circumstances from grooming your dog, spot welding, watching past episodes of Burn Notice. The choices are endless.

Narrative: The year was 2145, but that seems like just yesterday, well since they harnessed the photon retractor, everything seems like the yesterday of tomorrow. Let me explain. Corporal William Herboreal had been working as the ships botanist on an experimental mission to Titan, one of the outer moons of, well that’s not important. Upon discovering a new strain of humulus lupus, an advanced strain of hops, the oil was potent enough to power the ship, too powerful even. We cascade through time and sheered the space barrier in a way that even Immanuel Kant couldn’t’ have predicted. THE HOPS WERE TOO INTEGRATED. He kept feeding hops to the engine, its juniper rancor filling the cabin. But now we have crossed the line, fallen through time, living in the land of the hops. Yes we are living in the land of the hops.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. into a snifter

P: Sunlit bronze with an off-white head that shows a thick, creamy underbelly beneath the medium-sized soapy bubbles on top. Showed good retention and left some sticky lace as it settled to a thick collar of foam around the neck.

A: Well, with a name like "Pure Hoppiness", I was expecting a megaton explosion of all things hoppy to catapult out of the glass, singe my nose hairs, and knock my socks off. Unfortunately, it didn't do either. But still, it does have a hop-a-licious aroma that, even though it doesn't approach the elites, is nothing to scoff at. Citrus is right upfront with grapefruit in the lead, followed closely by some vibrant tropical fruits, fresh pine needles, and a flower petal or two. Sweet, biscuity malt and caramel bring up the rear, as they should.

T: Sweet, caramel-dipped biscuity malts lay low as the hops launch their attack on the palate. Just like the nose, citrus is dominant with primarily grapefruit, peaches, mangos, and melons running the show, while pine sap rides right underneath and hits the tongue with some bitter spiciness on the slightly one-dimensional back end. Speaking of bitterness, it's not overactive and it's not on vacation, either. It's right in the 'moderate' range and helps to dry things out considerably on the finish.

M: Pure Hoppiness feels just a notch below being full-bodied for the style. It's not exactly velvety smooth, but it does glide across the tongue quite easily and offers some creaminess that really helps the drinkability.

Notes: I am so excited to finally see some Alpine brews (other than Ichabod) being bottled and distributed to some local stores. It's about damn time! I was even more excited when this was the first thing I was greeted with as I walked into my favorite spot. Pure Hoppiness is a rock solid DIPA that I enjoyed, but it doesn't approach the upper eschalon of West Coast DIPA's, in my humble opinion. Still, it's a very good beer that satisfied my hop fix for the night.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, pure golden color with a moderate amount of carbonation. A thin, pearl white head sits on top and reduces to a thin film. Spotted lacing is left behind.

S: Wonderful hop profile on this one. A balance of pine, orange, grapefruit and other citrus.

T: The taste follows the nose nearly identically. Pine and a plethora of citrus dominate while a mild sweet malt backbone appears during the finish along with a significant bitter bite.

M: Medium bodied with a resiny/oily sort of feel. The flavors coat the palate, leaving a lingering bitterness.

O: This is one of the best examples of a DIPA out there. I'm always excited to try beers from Alpine and I haven't been disappointed yet. Just wish they would start distributing to Northern CA.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.35/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

clear bright golden orange and an inch and a half of fluffy off-white head that retains very well, leaving a lumpy, frothy peak even after a few minutes. lots of rising bubbles.

bright, fresh, citrusy aroma. tangerines, grapefruit, and some tropical fruit. hints of pine and sweet malt as well.

flavor doesn't quite have the same complexity, with a slight hoppiness in the start complemented with a stronger hoppiness in the finish. prickly carbonation and a medium feel; somewhat one-noted, with just a medium-high bitterness and some floral and pine notes. very pretty beer, with a great aroma, but it's slightly downhill from there.

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Photo of antott0523
3.45/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Translucent amber color with an sticky off white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Minor amount of visible carbonation.

S: Grapefruit, pine, bayleaf, some dank sweet leaf and a hint of booze on the nose.

T: Piney and resinous. Yes, this reminds a lot of Six Point Hi Res.

M: A bit thick. Heavy boots of lead. More so than I like in my IPA's especially one that is as high ABV as 8%.

D: There are some decent flavors here, but ultimately the beer is too resinous and thick for my preference.

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Photo of Tele
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: 4.5 Very clear orange/gold, almost amber in color. Pours a two-inch, off-white head that lingers for a couple minutes.

S: 4.5 Lots of pine up front with a bit of dank and onion. There’s a pretty interesting grassy, earthy aroma that’s balanced by lemon and grapes.

T: 4.25 Lots of hops offering similar flavors as the nose would indicate. A little sweet at first followed by pine, onion, grapefruit, and that earthy element that I can’t quite put my finger on. The finish is pleasantly bitter.

M: 4.5 The body is very nice and can deliver the big hop flavors without being too heavy. The dryness on the finish makes this beer very refreshing and hides the 8% abv extremely well.

O: 4.25 I had high hopes for this DIPA based on my previous experiences with Alpines beers and I was not let down. I think I prefer duet and nelson, but this is still excellent and worth seeking out.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. This beer is awesome. One of the best DIPAs I have ever had. I recently purchased 2 bottles as part of an order from South Bay Drugs in California. I realize now that I should have bought more than 2. Thanks Joey.

Poured part of bomber into a snifter.

Appearance - It is perfectly transparent and has the color of honey - gold copper and orange hues. It produced a solid two finger head that had the texture of latte foam. It leaves a good amount of lacing behind. Very beautiful.

Smell - The initial smell is citrus grapefruit, and behind that is piney resinous hops, along with floral hops. There is a hint of caramel sweetness in the back of the scent. The scent is a multilayered blend of hops, and it is heavenly.

Taste - The flavor is great. It is balanced in the hop profile, but not really balanced with the malt. There is an initial sweet malt flavor but it dies very quickly. There isn't any sweetness that I can detect in the middle and end of the flavor. I really appreciate this quality because most other DIPAs are overly sweet, and Pure Hoppiness proves that it doesn't have to be this way to be a good DIPA. The hop profile is perfectly balanced in the sense that I can detect floral hop flavors, citrus hop flavors, and resinous piney hop flavors all in harmony with one another.

Mouthfeel - Liquid velvet. It is medium bodied and extremely creamy. The carbonation level is a little lower than I like it, but it goes down so easily that willing to forgive the carbonation level. Smooth.

Drinkability - This beer is awesome. A shining example of the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This is easily one of the best DIPAs I have ever had. Tasty, smells delicious, and easy drinking...what else do you need?

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Yellow/Golden color with 2 fingers of Creamy Head. Head fades slower than average to leave a light film.

S - Smells of Citrus, Pine, Flowers, and Fruit Nectar.

T - Taste of Lemon, Grapfruit, Pine Resin, Honey, and Grass.

M - Mouthfeel is Oily, great Carbonation, and a very enjoyable Bitterness.

D - Drinkability is great as the alcohol is not too apparent and the balance makes it easy to finish a bottle or Growler. I've had many of these and being purchased(month ago) from the brewery it is also the best.

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Photo of OldSock
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance and Presentation – 22 oz bomber from oggg. The beer pours a rather light, hazy yellow-orange. The creamy, white head stays around for a few minutes eventually falling to nothing and leaves great lacing. There is also almost no visible carbonation.

Smell – Pungent lemon pine combo. Very resinous, a real hop bomb. There may be a hint of sweet malt way off in the distance, but it’s faint. Alcohol shows up a bit as the beer warms along with a touch of floral.

Taste – Bitterness up front that transforms into a variety of hop flavors, citrus and pine in particular. Not much balance from the malt. Complex hop flavor, but the malt is lacking. The final pour had a bit of yeast which added some nice earthiness to the beer.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is medium-full with light prickly carbonation, smooth.

Drinkability and Notes – A lighter malt presence than most means that this is a very drinkable beer. It’s a solid DIPA, but it doesn’t have the malt profile to make it standout from the pack. Great hops, and if that’s all you look for in an IPA, this one is for you.

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Photo of matttttYCE
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours with a roughly 1 finger high, white foamy head. Head sticks around only for a little while, and the lace is sporadic. Color is a slightly cloudy (likely chill haze) yellow-golden.

Smell - Tropical fruits, grapefruit, pine, citrus/orange zest, floral notes, maybe even perfumey as a whole (but in a good way). Also some sweet caramel malts and pale malts in the background. Very nice and enticingly hopppy.

Taste - Similar to the aroma. Tropical fruits, grapefruit, pine, citrus and orange zest, sweet caramel and pale malts, some bitterness but not too much. A very good tasting DIPA.

Mouthfeel - Slightly silky consistency, almost bubbly smooth carbonation, medium bordering on full body, and a rather quick finish. Pretty nice.

Overall - A west coast stlye DIPA that I would certainly have again if given the chance. Not my favorite west coast DIPA, but a very good one none the less. Thank you very much to coreyfmcdonald for this as part of our trade!

Edit of my previous review thanks to a nice fresh bottle from the awesome Azdback! This stuff might be too drinkable. Had to up my mouthfeel from 3.5 to 4.0 and the taste from a 4.0 to a 4.5. The taste is based with caramel malt sweetness and bready flavor, while the hops come out big with wonderful bitterness, pine, citrus, hop spiceyness, and a bit of flowery esters.

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Photo of schwaeh
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this from HeavyTaste.

A: Pours amber with a 3 finger white head. Nicely-webbed sticky lacing. Nice clarity and lively carbonation.

S: It smells like an even mix of tropical fruits and pine. I can pick out grapefruit, passion fruit, tangerines, and some grassy-earthy aromas. I get a bit of spice. Nice and fruity.

T: This really has a lot of ruby red grapefruit flavors. Passion fruit and tangerine are there to round out the blast of citrus. Some sweet caramel malt and biscuit flavors chime in a little. The alcohol has an impact on the flavor along with some spice from all those hop additions. Its sweet just as expected from a hopped up higher alcohol brew.

M: Prickly carbonation with a nice resinous coating. Medium bodied and astringent on the finish.

O: This is very drinkable and refreshing. This would have been great to get all summer long. These Alpine guys know their way around a hop flower.

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Photo of jspaner
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden-orange, slightly hazy color, with little head or lacing in the glass. The smell is citrusy, lots of aromas, peach comes to mind. The taste is initially bitter, hoppy, and fruity, with a slight caramel taste toward the end. Tastes very good, well-balanced. Mouth feel is thick & substantial, though the carbonation level is a bit on the low side. Overall, it's quite well-done for a DIPA. So many are just over-hopped & unbalanced. This is very tasty, with bitterness, tangy & fruity flavors. The alcohol is there, but pretty well hidden.

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Photo of lou91
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose was so good that my mouth watered sniffing the cap. A hoplovers air freshener. Big beautiful grapefruit and caramel nose. Bright white head. I was craving a big rich IPA and this delivered. All the qualities you look for – complex and dominant hops, long hop bitterness in the aftertaste, and a thoroughly satisfying crisp clean drinkability. The body was a couple of notches above a normal IPA but not quite a douple IPA. This is more like a 1.5x IPA vs. a double.Although you can drink this all day, I took my time over an hour drinking the 22oz and it was great to sip a little at a time. Ah, hops are good. A rare find at Ledger's.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 855 ratings.